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“Wonderful, uncrowded museum with stunning mosaics.”

Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Ranked #53 of 641 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed May 20, 2013

This museum houses mosaics that were created in a workshop founded by the Medicis in the late 1500s. The mosaics are INCREDIBLE. There are landscapes that look just like paintings. In fact, one section of the museum has pairs of artworks: the painting that was made as the model and then the mosaic itself. The first floor of the museum has the artworks themselves and the second floor exhibits the workstations and partially assembled pieces that show the process of creating these masterpieces. I believe this is a very infrequently visited museum, which is a shame, because the pieces are gorgeous. It is nice to be able to spend as much time as you want looking at each thing, though, and not feel rushed because of the hoards around you!

If you enjoy this museum, you should also DEFINITELY make a stop to I Mosaici Di Lastrucci (which also has reviews here on TripAdvisor), a workshop where artists are creating work of this caliber today.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Florence is known for its hard stone mosaics which can be seen in the churches and palaces of Florence, an art that has spread over Italy. we can see here some very nice pièces of this forgotten art, which is still sold in some shops of Florence.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was our third visit to Florence and our third visit to the museum. The table tops and plaques on display are really beautiful and should not be missed if you are visiting Florence. Upstairs there is a display of the tools and methods used to create these amazing works of art.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Few people understand the importance of Pietra Dura in Renaissance art. This is the careful cutting/carving and inlaying of multiple colored stones, usually on a flat and highly polished surface, to create a design or image. Palazzos of the rich (read Medici) were full of artwork, tables, and examples of this high art. Touring this little visited museum will increase your understanding, and appreciation, for this art.
Anyone with an understanding of minerals and gemstones would be at a loss to miss this museum. But you should also stop in if you appreciate skilled craftmanship and the beauty of artwork beyond paintings and sculpture. Also, if you plan to visit the Pitti Palace, the Medici-Riccardi Palace, or the Palazzo Vecchio, I think you really should take the time to visit this museum so that you can picture the beautiful objects that filled those palaces. It's only 4 euros each (covered by the Firenze Card), right next to the Accademia, and you could just tour the ground floor in less than an hour.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

A small museum that is needs to be visited . Entrance fee is low. It shows and explains a form of art and a technique that is famous over the world. Pietra dura or hardstone inlay and solitair pieces of art. It shows pieces of art not so well known by the larger public. It does not take long and you don't need to have a university degree to understand and appreciate it ! It helps you to understand the position of Firenze and the Italians in the old days. Even interesting for children !

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